Does anyone else have a problem with 11 year olds "dating"? Am I really that old fashioned?
They just grow up so fast these days and I see no need to push them. Let them enjoy their childhood. The last thing these kids need is more pressure.
It is entirely possible that I was creeping on a social networking site when I came across a humble brag by another 5th grade mom about her son going to the movies with his girlfriend. I just want to grab her by the shoulders, shake her and yell WHY? WHY? WHY? At this age their relationships are complicated, competitive and changeable. They are trying to figure out who they are. Why push them into relationships they aren't mature enough to handle?
Also if kids start dating at 11 what do they have to look forward to? If they are going to the movies and holding hands in the backseat of cars at this age what will they be doing at 14? 15? 16?
I fully encourage friendships between males and females at all ages. But sending them out on movie dates? posting about your son's girlfriend? To me it's just a recipe for disaster.
What do you think?